Pee Wee Reese Statue
Dedicated in 2000, this statue of Pee Wee Reese honors one of the most successful baseball players from Louisville. Reese began his professional career with the Louisville Colonels in 1938 and became the captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s. Reese led his team to seven National League pennants and is best-known today for his role in supporting and befriending Jackie Robinson during his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The statue of the famous Louisville sporting legend was created by local sculptor Raymond Graf and located at the main entrance to Slugger Field in Louisville.
Backstory and Context
became friends with Robinson. Robinson was subjected to abuse in National League ballparks and from his own teammates. As the story goes, Reese walked over from his shortstop position to embrace Robinson, a move that helped welcome Robinson and other African-American players into baseball. He helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1955.
would replace Joe Cronin. And they wanted Reese. Instead of dealing with Reese directly in
contract negotiations, the Red Sox wound up buying the whole team! Cronin, not willing to